Janet Simpson Slack, 81, of McDonald, passed away peacefully with her granddaughters by her side on, Tuesday, October 10, 2023, in St. Clair Hospital.
Janet was born on August 15, 1942, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late D. Arthur and Sara Bigger Simpson.
Janet was a devout member of McDonald Presbyterian Church, formerly Trinity Presbyterian Church. Church was a second home to Janet. She loved volunteering within the church and especially enjoyed helping with the shoebox project. When it was time for the annual bake sale, Janet made sure to make some of her snickerdoodles or orange cookies for the church to sell, and boy did they go quick! The friends that she had made there over her lifetime of attending Sunday Services, became more of a second family to her. She was so thankful for each and every friendship created within her Church.
Her giving heart was evident when she crafted. Janet would spend hours, days and months creating blankets for the Highmark Caring Place, which is a facility dedicated to Childrens Grief. Often times a Christmas gift from Janet would be a new quilt or a hand-tied blanket, that she had put her heart into. When her hands were tired from crafting, she would use them to flip through books. Janet loved reading and sharing books with others. She was an avid reader and often escaped from this world and into her stories. Once, Spring came around, the crafts were put away and the books set down so that she could tend to her yard. Janet always kept such a pristine yard, you never saw a weed surrounding her home. She loved tending to her plants, especially her daffodils in the spring. When driving through McDonald you could always tell which house was Janets, it was absolutely perfect!
Janet was a newly retired secretary at Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc. Janet spent 26 years at the funeral home, which she lived right up the street from. She was an extraordinary worker and no matter how hard life hit her; Janet kept working. Just like her church, the funeral home became another family for her. She was the heart of the funeral home and every time she answered the phone you were immediately comforted by her voice. She kept everyone in line and taught so many people what true strength looks like. Work was never actually work to her, she loved her “job” and everyone at the funeral home loved her. We will always have a seat behind the desk with the heater on for her.
She truly became family to everyone. Janet was the most caring, loving and thoughtful person you will ever meet. She welcomed so many people into her life and loved them like they were her own, and those people loved her just the same. Janet became the adopted Mom, Grandma and Nan to so many people. She would give you the shirt off her back or her last penny. That was just the type of person she was. Even though she battled her own health problems for over the last ten years, never once did she put herself before others. Her pain and problems were always less than others and she always made sure that everyone was taken care of. As she liked to call herself, she sure was one “tough cookie”.
As you can tell by the numerous “Families” Janet has, it was very important to her. Janet was the most proud Mother and grandmother, to her son, daughter-in-law and twin granddaughters. She loved spending every second she could with them. All the vacations they took together, to all the years that Janet babysat the girls, she loved being a part of their lives. Seeing them succeed and start new chapters of their lives was what filled her with so much pride and joy. Recently, Janet just attended one of her granddaughters wedding. It was all she could talk about; she was so excited seeing a new relationship within her family. Both of her granddaughters are currently in graduate school for Occupational Therapy. To say she was proud of them is an understatement. Seeing them graduate undergrad and continuing their education was something that Janet loved to brag about and she had every right. Her girls were her life and she was so blessed to have the loving family that she has.
Surviving is her son, Mark (Jamie) Slack, granddaughters, Marah Slack and Macey (Jake) Murphy, brother, Rev. Dr. John B. (Linda) Simpson, nephews, John Michael and Christopher Simpson, great nieces, Mya, Ava, Willow and Haddie Simpson, and special friends who caller her “Nan”, Casey Lauff Deveaney and Brittany Lauff.
Friends and family will be received on Friday, October 13, 2023 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 314 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald (724-926-2800). A Service will be held following visitation in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Robinson Church Cemetery.
Because of her love of children, Janet requested that in lieu of flowers donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or McDonald Presbyterian Church Shoebox Project.